Felipe Massa’s pole position lasted less than half the race, with both Williams drivers losing out to both Mercedes drivers in the first round of pit stops. Nico Rosberg burst into the lead, and Lewis Hamilton, after a surge forward to fourth during the first few laps, found himself also victim to slower pit stops, keeping him behind his teammate until the end of the race.
Elsewhere, Sebastian Vettel slowed to a crawl complaining he had lost drive, but a few minutes later he found it again and continued on. At the rear of the field, he then collided with Esteban Gutiérrez, breaking his front wing and requiring a nose change. After all that, he later retired from the race.
Gutiérrez was having his own trouble, released from a pit stop with only three wheels firmly attached. He was pulled back to the pit stop and continued on his way, but gained a stop/go penalty in this race, and a grid drop for the next. Rosberg won with Hamilton behind, and Valtteri Bottas got the better of his teammate to take his first podium in Formula One.
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References Esteban Gutiérrez, Felipe Massa, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel
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